What to do After an Auto Accident in Tennessee

Hit by a car? Find out What to do After an Auto Accident in Tennessee.The state of Tennessee has high numbers of serious and fatal car crashes each year, and you have a real risk of being involved in some type of collision during your lifetime.

In 2014, just in Shelby County alone, 45,940 vehicle accidents occurred with no injury 
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5,828 accidents with possible injuries, 1,575 non-incapacitating injuries from vehicle crashes, and 488 incapacitating injury accidents.

Car accidents in Shelby County caused 86 fatalities in 2014.

davidgordon2It is advised that you get guidance on what to do after a car accident, and at The Law Office of David E. Gordon, we provide you a basic checklist to help you protect your health, the health and safety of your passengers, and your right to fair compensation.
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What to Do After a Car Accident?

  1. Check your own physical condition and that of your passengers at once.
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  1. If any person has been injured, call 911 so that police and emergency medical personnel can be dispatched to the scene. If you were involved in a minor fender-bender, pull to the side of the road to assist in avoiding a secondary accident from moving traffic.
    Never step out of your vehicle into lanes of traffic or you put your life at risk.
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  1. If you are not rendered incapable due to your injuries, get the name, address, phone number, vehicle license number, and insurance information from the other drivers involved.
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  1. Obtain pertinent information (name, address, phone number, email address) of any eyewitnesses that saw what happened. Their testimony or statements can be critical in the final decision by accident investigators about who was at fault.
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  1. Report the accident to your own insurance company without admitting fault, or presenting your ideas or thoughts about who did what. Never admit fault. It is natural to feel guilty after an accident, even when you are completely innocent, and to avoid this natural inclination, just remain silent about what you believe was the cause of the accident.
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  1. Get a full medical assessment immediately after the crash. When a person is in shock the body has “shut down” to some degree. This is a natural biological response to danger. The body has been flooded with adrenalin – a pain suppressor.
    There may be fairly serious or even fatal injuries that are not visible, such as a closed-head injury that has caused bleeding or bruising to the brain, requiring immediate treatment. Many injuries become evident only the following day or day after.
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  1. Document your injuries with photos. Soft tissue injuries such as bruising, lacerations and tendon or ligament injuries can fade over the following days, and ensuring you have a full visual documentation of the level of your injuries can be very helpful in recovering fair compensation for damages.
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  1. Take photos of the accident scene, including the vehicles, the position of the vehicles, any skid marks on the roadway and other information that could be helpful in your case.
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  1. When the at-fault driver’s insurance company contact you, never agree to making a recorded statement or allowing access to your medical records without first getting an attorney.
    Statements made while on painkillers, in shock or soon after a collision may, in the end, damage your case, and a personal injury attorney should carefully and correctly manage this aspect of your case.
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  1. Get a Memphis car accident lawyer working to help you. Your right to full compensation is critically important, and should be protected by a legal professional that is skilled in personal injury law, and who will manage your case professionally. Choose a lawyer that has experience, who has recovered many high value settlements, and who offers legal representation on a contingency fee basis.

SOURCES:

  • Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security: Crash Data
  • America's Top 100 Attorney
  • american institute of personal injury attorneys